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Stockholm apartment fraudster targeted foreigners in rental scam

Sweden's housing market is notoriously tricky. Photo: Yvonne Åsell/SvD/TT

Published: 21.Mar.2019 16:33 hrs

A 26-year-old man who tricked more than a dozen people into paying thousands of kronor in rent for apartment contracts that did not exist has been jailed – and forced to repay the deposits.

The man placed a housing advert on Facebook, arranged viewings for three different apartments in the Stockholm region and in some cases handed out forged keys.

Fourteen people, most of them new arrivals in Sweden, paid deposits for the apartments. But none of them got access to their homes, which had been rented by the man under short-term second-hand leases for the purpose of the scam.

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